Relaxing on a hilltop terrace, your skin is warmed by the Mediterranean sun as you drink in the sea views. You wander the streets of the old town, then kick back with a chilled glass of wine and a delicious snack outside a café in a shady square, and just watch the world go by. Later, there are colourful markets to explore, piled high with fruit and vegetables, gleaming fresh fish from the local day boats, tempting charcuterie and cheeses, and, of course, irresistible bread and patisserie … you’re beginning to get hungry again. This is Nice at its best.
Explore the romantic hill towns, the Roman remains and the art museums. The quality of the light in the French Riviera is extraordinary – no wonder artists such as Matisse, Chagall, Picasso were drawn to the region. Perhaps get out your sketchpad? The cooling greens of the grass and trees frame the vibrant hues of the flowers as you stroll round Eze’s ‘Jardin Exotique’, taking in the stunning views over mountains and sea. The formal gardens of the French Riviera really are jewels in the Mediterranean.
The scent of wild herbs underfoot wafts up as you wander through captivating countryside of Provence that so inspired Van Gogh – everywhere, there are views of imposing Mont Ventoux. Avignon is steeped in history; the ghosts of long ago Romans and Popes seem to accompany you as you walk round its medieval ramparts. And, of course, when ‘Sur le Pont d’Avignon’ – well, you know what to do …!
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